Written by Riva Weinstein
September 22, 201811:31 am 1 Comments
You wished you looked like this in 7th grade.
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
She’s not dead, though? via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: actually there is a conspiracy theory that avril died and was replaced with her body double, i'm going to one of these events and i bet you can't guess which one, where art thou?
September 15, 20182:24 pm 0 Comments
Now, it WILL be on display until June, but you won’t get free wine.
Recode II: La Dorada via the Miller Theater
Tags: i haven't seen any of the films on the lenfest lineup but 54 director's cut looks good, perhaps i'll ask my cousin michael...., rip me i'm getting sick but still going to a broadway play woot, where art thou?
September 12, 20189:38 am 0 Comments
“The Hubris of Man” (Mixed Media, 2018.)
Happening in the world: According to a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Chinese government is installing QR codes in the homes of the Uighur Muslim community in Xinjiang. This is part of a crackdown on minorities that involves the collecting of biometric data and arbitrary detention in “internment camps.”
Happening in the US: Category 4 hurricane Florence will reach the Carolinas and Virginia on late Thursday and into Friday. Hurricane and storm warnings have been issued, and there may be catastrophic inland and river flooding.
Happening in NYC: Eduardo Kobra’s massive, seven-story mural of a firefighter, entitled “The Braves of 9/11”, was unveiled yesterday in Midtown. Kobra wrote that the piece was meant to “pass on a message of life, of a restart, of reconstruction.”
Happening on Campus: Didn’t meet your best friend at NSOP? There’s still hope: University Life Events Council is hosting a “speed friending” event in Wein Lounge at 5pm tonight. Games and free Insomnia cookies!
Overseen: Abandoned popcorn with Juul pod outside JJ’s.
Image via Levi Cohen
Tags: bwoglines, gotta love the morningside bubble, the hubris of man
September 08, 20185:15 pm 0 Comments
Disclaimer: they may not look like this in September.
Sakura blossoms via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: happy new semester everyone!! let's see some motherfuckin ART, must... restrain... self... from going to another shakespeare in the park show instead of doing my homework, where art thou?
September 04, 20184:44 pm 0 Comments
It’s Wein-STEEN, NOT Wein-STINE!!!
Second only to the embarrassment of calling someone by the wrong name is mispronouncing their name. People are usually too polite to correct you, so you just have to wonder whether you got it right, suffering in silence until the next time you hear somebody say it. …But what if THEY got it wrong, too??
There is a light at the end of your Sisyphean tunnel: via email on Thursday, Columbia unveiled the pilot of NameCoach, a third-party online tool that allows students to record their own names on CourseWorks to share with their classmates. The pilot version is available to students enrolled in any Arts & Sciences or Engineering class at Columbia’s Morningside campus.
The Registrar wrote in its email: “One’s name is an intrinsic and personal part of one’s identity. NameCoach facilitates our commitment to fostering an environment of inclusion, belonging, respect, and engagement, by empowering students and instructors to record and hear the correct name pronunciations of those in the class. We hope that this will cultivate familiarity in the classroom, even before classes start.”
Associate VP and Registrar Barry S. Kane emphasized that for students who use a preferred name at Columbia, NameCoach “completes that loop. Not only can a student request a preferred name, but they can specifically indicate how it should be pronounced,” he said over the phone.
Depending on the success of the program, the registrar will expand NameCoach to all of Columbia in the spring. Other schools like Barnard can decide independently if they want to adopt NameCoach. You can send feedback about the program to email@example.com.
Here’s how to use NameCoach (images available on the registrar website):
And that’s Riva with an “I,” not an “E” via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: it pitched my voice down so i sound like cher LMAO, namecoach, registrar
April 28, 20183:35 pm 6 Comments
Save them. Please.
This Friday, Bwog staffers attended the 124th Annual Varsity Show, a student-written and directed musical about life at Columbia. The verdict: a talented cast bogged down by mediocre writing and a lack of specificity.
If Alma Mater came to life one day, stretched her iron legs and dusted off her crown, turned her metal eye on the parade of students down College Walk—what would she say? Would she be proud of this generation of Columbians? Would she understand our struggles? What would she do if an over-ambitious CCSC campaign promise led to massive embezzlement and a campus-wide power outage?
Luckily, this year’s Varsity Show, Lights Out on Broadway, is here to tell us. The play revolves around two candidates in a neck-and-neck race for CCSC president: Chelsea Shaw (Genevieve Joers, CC ’20), a hyper-competent, aspiring law student; and William Schermerhorn VIII (Talmage Wise, CC ’18), who wants to live up to his ancestors’ legacy by creating some name recognition. With the correct pronunciation.
To Chelsea’s dismay, William wins the election by promising an unlimited budget for all clubs. In order to fulfil his promise, William steals the key to the “Columbia vault” from his trustee uncle and embezzles massive amounts of money. Clubs are overjoyed, but the lack of budget leads to housing cutbacks. The dorms’ power goes out during reading week. Finally, Chelsea and her friends uncover William’s crime and successfully impeach him. Chelsea, for some reason, becomes president.
Read more after the jump
Tags: i didn't see the varsity show and probably won't because my bio final is killing me, that doesn't mean you can't though!, watch at your own discretion i guess
April 21, 20188:09 pm 0 Comments
Keep an ear out for the music of your friendly neighborhood Arts Editor!
Bailey Coleman (BC ’19) strikes a pose via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: im sorry for shameless kcst promo, realtalk tho please see hamlet these are some of the most talented ppl ive ever worked with, where art thou?, yay for end-of-the-semester theater explosion!
April 21, 20184:12 pm 0 Comments
They look beautiful, but they’ll turn you into a donkey.
This Friday, Arts Editor Riva Weinstein attended the dress rehearsal of Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s Spring Performances. The show featured work by Jerome Robbins, 5 original choreographers and 23 talented student dancers.
Dressed in black leotards and pink skirts, five dancers lounge around the onstage piano, their energy concentrated in the tips of their feet. Spontaneously – as if buffeted by the wind – they leap up in twos and threes to pirouette around the stage. Were it not for their breathing audible from the first row, it would be impossible to tell how much effort was put into the feather-light dance. This is 5+ Bach, by choreographer Michele Wiles, the first of six dances in CBC’s Spring Repertoire.
Hailed as one of the finest student groups for emerging talent in ballet, CBC spent the semester developing five dances, collaborations between professional and student choreographers and their dancers. The result is an electric mix of traditional and modern-inspired ballet set to classical music, eerie atonal compositions, and in one case, a cover of Hozier’s Cherry Wine.
Though all the original compositions were impressive, they failed to overshadow the third dance: Antique Epigraphs, by the legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. Eight dancers in airy, flowing dresses drift around the stage, their delicate poses calling to mind a statue garden come to life. As the music grows more ominous, their movements become more urgent. Like the forest nymphs of myth, they are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The dance exudes a strange nostalgia for the Classical world of the Renaissance imagination – the world of Primavera and Birth of Venus, full of innocence and mysterious power.
And they just got wilder…
Tags: bwog review, cbc spring performances, columbia ballet collaborative, i am deeply unqualified to write this review i havent danced ballet since kindergarten, it was super cool tho!!!
April 17, 20182:00 pm 0 Comments
In my scientific opinion, no one knows what the hell is going on in that long tube thing.
This Monday, Columbia hosted a colloquium with Dr. Kip Thorne, recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for co-founding the LIGO project. Arts Editor Riva Weinstein, who previously showed you how to one-up your cousin with Yugoslavian film trivia, hopes you too can use her newfound physics knowledge to impress your brilliant father even though you’re a humanities major and couldn’t tell a pulse wave from a periodic.
When Dr. Kip Thorne received a call at 2:15 A.M. one October morning with the news that he had been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics, the secretary general asked if he was surprised. “It doesn’t surprise me at all,” Dr. Thorne responded; “but I’m highly disappointed. It should have gone to the entire LIGO team.”
LIGO – the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory – is a pair of huge detectors which use laser interferometry to detect gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time caused by the collision of incredibly distant, massive bodies (such as black holes). Their existence was prophesied by the great sage Albert Einstein in his 1916 general theory of relativity, but it wasn’t until 2015 that LIGO finally detected one.
Dr. Thorne is correct. LIGO is not the work of one, albeit brilliant, man. It is the project of hundreds of professors, grad students, postdocs and researchers. One of them is my father: Dr. Alan Weinstein, head of the LIGO data analysis group. Well, maybe Dr. Thorne was just jealous – for his own 20-year contribution to the project, my dad got a box of commemorative Nobel-shaped chocolate coins. Try chewing on that gold!
My father has always been highly supportive of my endeavors, including but not limited to drawing comics about Crime and Punishment and teaching Shakespearean actors to play the kazoo. Nonetheless, a time might never again come for me to impress him; and so, instead of doing something sensible, like composing choral Russian folk music, I headed down to Pupin on a Monday to listen to his old friend Dr. Thorne.
Okay, okay, now get to the science
Tags: at least he got to go to the awards dinner, bwog science, dm me if you want my tintin essay. its good, kip thorne, physics colloquium, sorry dad
April 14, 20187:53 pm 0 Comments
Me leading my drunk friend out of 1020.
Should’ve called CAVA via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: any hadestown fans in this crowd? no?, hope everyone's enjoying the warmer weather!, where art thou?
April 13, 201812:24 pm 1 Comments
My elementary school did Into The Woods Junior. It was just Act 1.
Arts Editor Riva Weinstein attended the Thursday night performance of CMTS’ Into The Woods (dir. Anna Moskowitz, BC ’19), by Stephen Sondheim. The verdict: a well-acted and impressively coordinated show, if you have the stamina to sit for two and a half hours of it.
At the center of the stage, a man in a long coat and glasses perches nervously, encircled by children’s books. While the audience files in, he picks up the books and reads from them one by one: a terrible witch, a prince who wanted to be a rooster… As the lights go down, he comes to the last book, with a black tree on the cover. The title: Into the Woods.
The moment that the narrator, Callum Kiser (CC ’21), begins his story, the stage explodes into action. Actors leap seamlessly in and out of the melody, swirling around the stage, shifting props and rapidly changing costumes. Each of our fairy-tale protagonists has a wish: Cinderella (India Beer, BC ’20) wishes to go to the ball; the Baker (Jacob Iglitzin, CC ’19) and his wife (Emma Smith, BC ’19) wish for a child; Jack (Tom Phelan, CC ’20) and his mother (Eliza Ducnuigeen, BC ’21) wish their cow would produce some milk; and Red Riding Hood (Erin Hilgartner, CC ’21) wishes to visit her grandmother (Sarah Hilligloss, BC ’21)… or, at least, uses it as a pretense for nabbing some food from the bakers’ house.
Hardly has Red Riding Hood gone on her way that a Witch (Eloise Bagnara, BC), the bakers’ neighbor, appears at their door. She reveals that she is responsible for making the Baker’s Wife barren – but the curse can be undone. Within three midnights, the couple must bring her four items: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold.
The what as what as what now?
Tags: also shoutout to the pit mimicking an audience member's ringtone on their instruments that was hilarious, cmts, cmts into the woods, india beer has a beautiful voice!!, what can't that girl do?
April 08, 20188:00 pm 0 Comments
If my mom hadn’t cancelled my ballet classes when I was 5, I’d be in Moscow right now.
Image via Spanish Wikipedia
Tags: hope everyone's recovering from bacchanal, i talk a lot of shit about into the woods given that it's been on my musicals playlist for over a year, support student theater!, where art thou?
April 06, 20186:55 pm 1 Comments
Spar was last spotted in front of Barnard Hall in the pouring rain, blasting James Blunt through a speaker and shouting “Take me back!”
Last year, Debora L. Spar resigned her position as 7th president of Barnard College. She was on her way to bigger and better things, like the presidency of Lincoln Center (the complex which hosts the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and many other performing arts organizations). This was a fantastic opportunity by any standards, so the Barnard community saw her off into this new chapter of her life with gratitude and respect.
This Friday, she quit.
In a New York Times article released this morning, DSpar was quoted as saying: “Moving from academia to the performing arts world pushed me to think, learn and lead in new ways. While we have achieved a lot together over the past year, I have also questioned whether the role is right for me. As I looked back on the last 12 months, I ultimately determined that the fit I’d hoped for has not materialized. It is for this reason that I have decided it is best for the organization for me to step aside.”
She is not the first Lincoln Center president to resign suddenly. Her predecessor, Jed Bernstein, was forced to step down after 27 months. Gordon J. Davis resigned in 2001 after only 9 months. Seems like a more stressful job than managing a women’s liberal arts college, though that’s hard to imagine.
DSpar’s tenure as president was marked primarily by an unsuccessful attempt to renovate the New York Philharmonic’s David Geffen Hall, due to a lack of support from wealthy donors. Lincoln Center announced in October that they were proceeding with a simplified plan to improve the hall.
After the article was posted on the Facebook page Overheard @ Barnard, DSpar received no shortage of smug comments from Barnard students. “WHOSE TREES WILL BE DESTROYED NEXT?? FIND OUT AFTER THE BREAK,” said Nina Gonzalez Silas. “When corporate feminism does you dirty in the end,” quipped Victoria Martinez.
Poor DSpar. Let’s hope she finds a new organization to be president of soon – a nice, non-stressful one with very few trees.
My bad on that one via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: did she resign...OR WAS SHE KICKED OUT????, DSpar, i thought she was supposed to be good at getting wealthy donors?, looking forward to the orgo night joke mentioning this, she should totally pull that move from "say anything"
April 05, 20183:03 pm 0 Comments
WWJD? (What Would Judith Do?)
Ever worried your academic writing isn’t quite up to scratch? Never fear: Arts Editor Riva Weinstein is here to break down the average humanities paper and show you how to write like a true PhD!
HOW TO WRITE A LITERARY ANALYSIS
HOW TO WRITE AN ARCHAEOLOGY PAPER
Other subjects (and more Butler) after the jump!
Tags: academic writing, can you tell i'm really really tired of reading academic papers, please just let me go dig up some rocks in peace
April 04, 20182:55 pm 0 Comments
Welcome to Elliott!
For transfers and rising sophomores and juniors at Barnard, Elliott Hall is a convenient, if small, dorm located on Claremont.
Location: 49 Claremont (corner of 119th)
Nearby dorms: The Quad, the 600s
Stores and restaurants: Everything in the immediate Columbia/Barnard Broadway area: MoWill, the food trucks, Pret, Shake Shack, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, UPS/FedEx, etc.
Cost: Check the Barnard Housing page in late April for the prices of all Barnard rooms.
What are the rooms like though? (Hint: clusters are involved, and not the granola kind)
Tags: barnard housing, elliot? more like helliot, elliott, elliott schmelliott, haha ive never been to elliott don't be mad, Housing reviews, my friend rly wants to live here pray for her and everoyne else fucked over by the 6-person lottery
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